Archinect - #BACbuzz 2022-11-27T21:09:01-05:00 This is the Place for You thebacboston 2022-10-31T11:25:44-04:00 >2022-11-12T23:30:08-05:00 <p>To say that Ines Latorre, M.Arch'24, is busy is an understatement&mdash;but she thrives on the wavelength of determination and hustle. The t-shirt she&rsquo;s wearing in her Instagram profile reads, &ldquo;I CAN &amp; I WILL.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s pure Ines. The founder and principal of Latorre Architecture decided to go back to school in 2020 to get her Master of Architecture at The Boston Architectural College.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Between raising three school aged kids in Manhattan, working on her firm&rsquo;s major residential projects taking place in Mexico, and studying in Boston, she has to stay laser focused on her goals to keep things moving in the right direction.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I studied architecture 25 years ago, sustainability was not a word, it wasn&rsquo;t a concept, it didn&rsquo;t even exist,&rdquo; she says, shaking her head. &ldquo;In this profession, you have to keep learning at every stage in your career.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the BAC, the mid-career professional aimed to gain a deep understanding of the latest innovations in her field including a knowledge of new materials...</p> Boston Architectural College: Just Environments Fall 2022 Lecture Series thebacboston 2022-09-28T16:05:26-04:00 >2022-11-07T10:01:08-05:00 <p>Boston Architectural College: Just Environments Fall 2022 Lecture Series</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> The Boston Architectural College is Building Careers - Karen's IPAL Story thebacboston 2022-09-15T15:11:13-04:00 >2022-11-17T15:31:08-05:00 <p>Fulfilling a dream to become a licensed architect can be an arduous process. First, students must earn a degree from an accredited school; then, they have to complete 3,740 hours practicing under a licensed architect; and finally, they are required to pass exams in six different practice areas. &ldquo;All of that is very hard on people,&rdquo; says&nbsp;<a href="" title="Faculty Profile Mark Rukamathu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Rukamathu</a>, faculty and Director of Special Projects at The Boston Architectural College (BAC). &ldquo;On average it takes 12.8 years from the time somebody starts school to when they become a licensed architect.&rdquo;</p><p>Making matters worse, Mark adds, in most cases, the state licensing laws do not allow students to take exams while earning their degree, but require them to figure out how to complete them on their own after graduation. &ldquo;Especially if they have special circumstances, such as a family, achieving all of these requirements within a timely fashion can be very difficult.&rdquo;</p> <p>To respond to those demands, the BAC has implemented the&nbsp;<a href="" title="IPAL Programs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Integrated Path to A...</a></p> A Cherry On Top Of The Design Cake thebacboston 2022-08-15T14:29:50-04:00 >2022-10-15T23:32:08-04:00 <p>There are many connotations to the word &ldquo;home.&rdquo; In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy famously proclaimed that there&rsquo;s no place like it. Home is where the heart is, after all, and &ldquo;Home Sweet Home&rdquo; has adorned many doormats.</p> <p>At the same time, how can a structure of wood, brick, stone, or cement become a place where we can feel happy and safe? There is no one answer to that question, of course, because it greatly depends on the person and their background. But human beings also like to feel happy, or at least safe and relaxed, in environments that aren&rsquo;t their homes. We&rsquo;re all familiar with the phrase &ldquo;make yourself at home,&rdquo; which means &ldquo;to become comfortable in a place one does not live.&rdquo;</p> <p>But we also know that that is easier said than done, especially in high-stress environments like subways, airports, hospitals, schools, and even battlefields. Fortunately, there is an architectural movement called salutogenic design, an evidence-based design strategy focused on improving human health and w...</p> Building Trust thebacboston 2022-06-13T14:30:53-04:00 >2022-06-13T14:30:53-04:00 <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure><p>Jonathan C. Garland, President, and Founder of his rapidly growing Boston-based architecture &amp; real estate development firm, J. Garland Enterprises (JGE), studied at the BAC for more than eight years before graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2009. Despite the endurance needed to complete his education, he says, &ldquo;I will never forget when I put on that robe for graduation day. I didn&rsquo;t want the experience to end.&rdquo;</p> <p>And for Jonathan, it never has.</p> <p>He has been a generous and loyal donor to the BAC and now sits on the BAC&rsquo;s Board of Trustees, where he hopes to provide guidance on how to make design education more diverse. Jonathan&rsquo;s unwavering commitment to equity, access, and diversity throughout the design and development industry shines through in his personal pledge to match any donation up to $10,000 towards the BAC&rsquo;s Student Scholarship Fund this June.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the Black community, architecture is not something that is spoken about, no less mentioned as a career choice,&rdquo; Jonat...</p> Mobile Makers Parks its Truck at the BAC thebacboston 2022-04-11T14:50:03-04:00 >2022-07-12T10:46:08-04:00 <p>Join us for our&nbsp;Mobile Makers Boston pop-up events on:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>April 19:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li>April 20:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li>April 21:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li>April 22:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li></ul><p>Maya Bird-Murphy, M.Arch&rsquo;17, wasn&rsquo;t happy with the demographics of design. According to NCARB&rsquo;s By the Numbers report, 83% of newly licensed architects were white, and 65% were male. She set out to change that by founding the nonprofit&nbsp;<a href="" title="Mobile Makers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mobile Makers</a>.</p> <p>Mobile Makers brings design directly to neighborhoods around Chicago. The Mobile Makerspace is an old delivery van, cleverly transformed into a well-equipped, contemporary mobile design studio that opens its doors to children around the city. Mobile Makers offers community pop-ups and partners with schools, museums, and local nonprofits for presentations and workshops. The first permanent Mobile Makers hub recently opened at Chicago&rsquo;s Kimball Arts Center.</p> <p>Maya has seen Mobile Makers make a difference already. In 2...</p> The Boston Architectural College Launches BAC Channel with Mahesh Daas Featuring Pritzker Laureate Balkrishna Doshi thebacboston 2022-04-11T14:46:37-04:00 >2022-04-11T14:46:37-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The Boston Architectural College (BAC) announces the launching of its newest video venture,&nbsp;<em><a href="" title="BAC Channel with Mahesh Daas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BAC Channel with Mahesh Daas</a></em>. This ongoing program will offer a series of exclusive, insightful, and one-on-one conversations between&nbsp;<a href="" title="Office of the President" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Mahesh Daas</a>&nbsp;and thought leaders from around the design professions and related industries.</p> <p>Each episode aligns with the BAC&rsquo;s critical mission to diversify the design professions through expanded access to excellence in design education. Another key program goal includes increasing awareness of the design discipline to advance design literacy within the public sphere.</p> <p>The BAC is honored to kick-off its inaugural episode of&nbsp;<a href="" title="BAC Channel with Mahesh Daas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>BAC Channel with Mahesh Daas</em></a>&nbsp;by featuring&nbsp;<a href="" title="Pritzker Laureate Balkrishna Doshi Commencement Speaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Professor Balkrishna Doshi</a>&mdash;India's first and only Pritzker prize winning architect, educator, guru, and the BAC&rsquo;s 2021 honorary alumnus. As President Daas noted, &ldquo;While the number of his projects might be measurable, the impact of his influence is immeasurable.&rdquo;</p> <p>In this first episode, which ...</p> BAC Channel with Mahesh Daas thebacboston 2022-04-07T15:38:48-04:00 >2022-07-05T12:31:08-04:00 <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>The BAC is thrilled to announce the launch of BAC Channel with Mahesh Daas. We are honored this inaugural episode features President Daas speaking with Professor Balkrishna Doshi&ndash;the first Indian architect to win the Pritzker Prize, and one of the greatest influencers in architecture and design. Now that you know what the &lsquo;buzz&rsquo; is all about, we invite you to stay tuned for more episodes! Each episode features President Daas talking with thought leaders across the design and related industries&ndash; aligned with our mission to provide excellence in design education emerging from practice and accessible to diverse communities. Watch the video: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> 2022 Spring Lecture Series Poster: Just Design thebacboston 2022-03-08T10:07:22-05:00 >2022-03-20T01:01:07-04:00 <p>The BAC 2022 Spring Lecture Series events can be viewed below or on our website at:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> HMFH Architects and BAC Announce New Scholarship Fostering Diversity in Design thebacboston 2022-02-18T10:23:00-05:00 >2022-03-09T15:16:07-05:00 <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>HMFH Architects, in partnership with The Boston Architectural College (BAC), announced the establishment of the HMFH Scholarship Fund, created to expand academic opportunities for students underrepresented in the architecture and design professions. This new Scholarship aims to increase access to these professions for Black, Indigenous, people of color, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations. Creation of the Scholarship continues a decades-long relationship between HMFH and the BAC.</p> <p>&ldquo;HMFH&rsquo;s extraordinarily generous gift is a visible and inspiring message that will lead the way in furthering the BAC&rsquo;s mission of diversifying the design professions and making design education accessible to all people,&rdquo; said Dr. Mahesh Daas, Boston Architectural College President. &ldquo;This generous investment, which continues HMFH&rsquo;s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, will create sustainable and vital opportunities for underreprese...</p> The Bobby G. Foster Memorial Scholarship will support Black BAC Students in Architecture thebacboston 2022-01-19T17:30:00-05:00 >2022-01-27T12:01:07-05:00 <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure><p>&ldquo;If you talk to anybody that knew my husband they will tell you, &lsquo;My goodness did that man like to talk about the Boston Architectural College,&rsquo;&rdquo; says Maria Latimore of her late husband, Bobby G. Foster. &ldquo;In social settings, he&rsquo;d introduce himself and immediately it would morph into, &lsquo;I went to the BAC because I always wanted to be an architect.&rsquo;&rdquo; She chuckles recalling how she&rsquo;d often have to intercept these conversations just to get new acquaintances out of Bobby&rsquo;s clutches. &ldquo;He&rsquo;d go on and on about the place.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bobby began studying architecture at the BAC in 1970 while working full time (and often overtime) at GE Aviation to support his family in Boston&rsquo;s Dorchester neighborhood. He took a decades-long break and returned in his mid-sixties and completed all his course requirements with high grades, but never officially graduated. He pulled plenty of all-nighters building housing models at his heavily used home drafting table, but there simply weren&rsquo;t enough hours in his day to wri...</p> The Maurice F. Childs Memorial Lecture: Yung Ho Chang, Architecture, More or Less thebacboston 2021-10-29T13:05:18-04:00 >2021-11-06T22:16:07-04:00 <p><strong>Learn how to attend this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">free virtual lecture</a>, Friday, November 5 at 7PM ET, featuring Yung Ho Chang, FAIA, a founding partner and principal architect of the Beijing-based Atelier&#8288;&mdash;China&rsquo;s first independent private architectural firm&mdash;Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ).&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Yung Ho Chang says about the lecture, "Sometimes, architecture is more than the making of buildings when it engages urban, social, and cultural issues. Sometimes, architecture is less than the making of buildings, but it still helps to improve people's lives by venturing into other design disciplines, such as designing a cake. The practice of FCJZ covers the spectrum of architecture from one end to the other."</p> <p>Educated in China and the U.S., Chang received his Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley in 1984. He has practiced in China since 1992&mdash;establishing Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ) with Lijia Lu in 1993. His numerous recognitions include First Place in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition...</p> Alumni Profile: Amanda Zettel (MDS-HP ’21) thebacboston 2021-08-25T17:19:12-04:00 >2021-12-29T11:46:07-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"><br><br></a>Amanda Zettel graduated from the BAC with her Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation and Conservation in May of 2021. She was also awarded the BAC&rsquo;s first-ever Historic Preservation Fellowship to assist Institutional Advancement and Facilities in the pursuit of Community Preservation Act funding for restoration work on the BAC campus. Zettel received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Parsons, The New School for Design, in 2004. She was also awarded the Edwin T. Steffian, '10 (Hon.) Centennial Award for Master's Thesis Excellence in Design Studies at The BAC, and Outstanding Achievement in Design at Parsons.</p></figure><p>Zettel currently lives in Charlestown, MA and is the president of the Charlestown Preservation Society.</p> <p><strong>How did you get started in your career in design?</strong></p> <p>I knew I had always wanted to go into design, but the middle-class immigrant community I grew up in in Orange County [California] didn&rsquo;t have the disposable income to hire interior designers or a...</p> BAC Dean of Interior Architecture, Denise Rush, Inducted into the 2021 ASID College of Fellows thebacboston 2021-08-13T13:35:00-04:00 >2021-11-06T11:31:07-04:00 <p>We are thrilled to announce that Denise Rush, BAC faculty and dean of interior architecture, has been inducted into the 2021 ASID College of Fellows.<br><br>The ASID College of Fellows is the Society&rsquo;s ultimate honor. Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship are bestowed upon ASID members who have made significant contributions to their profession, the interior design community at large, and ASID as an organization. Through these programs, ASID seeks to celebrate those propelling the interior design world forward and showcase the incredible accomplishments of those changing the world through design.<br><br>Recipients of the ASID College of Fellows were honored and recognized with a ceremony during the Virtual Conference on July 19-23, 2021.</p> <p>&ldquo;This truly is the honor of a lifetime, as less than 1% of ASID professional members are given this honor,&rdquo; said Rush. &ldquo;The ASID New England chapter nominating me means that my peers and the College of Fellows have recognized my dedication and contribution to the prof...</p> President Daas Responds to US Capitol Attack thebacboston 2021-01-08T09:59:57-05:00 >2021-01-08T10:00:26-05:00 <p>From the Office of the President:</p> <p>Yesterday, we witnessed an insurrection and an attack on the U.S. Capitol complex timed to disrupt both houses of Congress in session to certify the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.</p> <p>Like you, my family and I watched in stunned silence as these events unfolded. One of the most disturbing moments for me was when I saw, in my children's eyes, a sense of fear and disbelief. I can only imagine how horrified, scared, or angry you and your families felt while watching this international tragedy unfold.</p> <p>The sense of entitlement and privilege with which these mobs broke into the Capitol so swiftly and with little resistance requires much inquiry and reflection. We must call out the stark differences between yesterday's handling of rioting with the treatment of peaceful protests broken up in front of the White House in June. Today, the BAC's mission of promoting social justice and democracy through civic engagement...</p> BAC Alumna Earns Spot in the Top 100 Leaders in Real Estate and Construction thebacboston 2020-12-21T09:22:10-05:00 >2021-01-08T13:31:05-05:00 <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure></figure><p>Prasanna Lachagari grew up in Hyderabad, India. She moved to the United States to continue her education and graduated from the BAC with her Masters of Architecture in 2019. Lachagari is now the Design Director at SDI Architecture in Boston, MA and Co-Founder and Principal Architect of SDI's office in Hyderabad. She recently earned a spot as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Real Estate and Construction at the annual WRECONF (World Real Estate and Construction Forum).</p> <p><strong>What inspired you to become an architect?</strong><br></p> <p>My initial passion was primarily drawing and painting. This foundation in art gave me a deep understanding of space and form, which in turn gave me a leg up when I transitioned to the architectural field. Architecture was a natural next step from my artistic beginnings and desire to create physical elements. I am deeply interested in the connection between art and architecture and the ways they influence each other. Architecture gives me the opportunity to bring my art into the bui...</p> BAC Founding Week: Celebrating the Past, Present and Future thebacboston 2020-12-03T12:47:54-05:00 >2020-12-03T12:48:13-05:00 <figure><p>On December 11, 1889, The Boston Architectural College was founded as the Boston Architectural Club by a group of young and established local architects. The BAC's founders envisioned the Club would provide encouragement and support to those interested in the profession of architecture through public lectures, exhibitions, classes, as well as social gatherings and discussions.<br></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure>To celebrate the BAC's founding and our more than 130 years of impact in design education, The Boston Architectural College is launching a new tradition: BAC Founding Week.&nbsp;<br><br>BAC Founding Week will be a robust set of virtual activities bringing together staff, faculty, students, alumni, and friends to celebrate our many achievements. It is an important occasion for the whole community to be together, to do things together, and to pause and reflect on and honor those who invested in the College&rsquo;s beginnings. <br>Please save the date and plan to join us for one, two, or all our virtual events! <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here for more infor...</a> Building Their Dreams: Design for Racial and Social Equity thebacboston 2020-11-02T09:15:25-05:00 >2020-12-15T04:00:29-05:00 <p>Created by BAC landscape architecture students and faculty, this video explores the issues of social and environmental justice and the role of design education in fostering lasting change. Featuring David Lee, FAIA, NOMA; C.L. Bohannon, PhD, ASLA; Kona Gray, FASLA, PLA; Jessi Flynn; Olga Rodriguez; Nizar Abou Ezzeh; Ivonne Lalyre. </p> 2020 Fall Lecture Series: Just Space thebacboston 2020-09-23T12:13:51-04:00 >2020-11-24T12:46:04-05:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Join us for our Fall Lecture Series all season long! Speakers include:</p><p><strong>Sept. 23, 2020 &ndash; Kia Weatherspoon</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Oct. 7, 2020 &ndash; Juan Miro</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Oct. 28, 2020 &ndash; Katherine Williams</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)&nbsp;<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Nov. 4, 2020 &ndash; Saul Alcantara</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p><strong>Nov. 11, 2020 &ndash; Jay Cephas</strong><br>6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register in advance for this lecture!</a><br></p><p>For more information please <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">visit our events page</a>!&nbsp;<br></p><p><br></p> BAC Celebrates Newest IPAL Graduates thebacboston 2020-09-15T09:20:50-04:00 >2021-01-11T12:16:04-05:00 <p>The path to becoming a licensed architect is not for the faint of heart. According to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)</a>, in 2019 the average time to earn a license was 12.7 years, with the average age at licensure being 32.</p> <p>Through the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College's IPAL program</a>, our students are able to work towards completing their licensure while simultaneously earning their degree, allowing them to significantly reduce the time it takes to become a licensed architect. Since 2015, there have been 3 graduates from the BAC's IPAL program.</p> <p>Shawn Willett (B. Arch &lsquo;20) and Cameron Simko (M. Arch &lsquo;20) are the two newest BAC graduates to complete their licensure requirements by graduation, joining BAC's first IPAL graduate <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travis Wiegand</a> from 2019.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Shawn Willett (B. Arch &lsquo;20)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Cameron Simko (M. Arch &lsquo;20)<br></figcaption></figure><p>"Once I graduated, I wanted a clean transition to being an architectural professional. Now I can focus on my growth in other ways - I can explore architectu...</p> 2020 Virtual Alumni Awards Ceremony thebacboston 2020-09-08T12:14:09-04:00 >2020-10-15T10:46:05-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Celebrate with us! Please join us in virtually celebrating the outstanding achievements of our 2020 BAC Alumni Award Winners on October 2, 2020 at 7PM- 8:30PM EST.</p> <p>We will be honoring four outstanding BAC Alums who have made incredible contributions to the world of design and our community.&nbsp;</p> <p>EMERGING DESIGNER</p> <p>Given to a recent graduate who demonstrates great promise and leadership within their field. They must be actively employed in the design field and be making an influential impact in their sphere of design. Candidates must be alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.</p> <p>DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI IN SERVICE</p> <p>Given to a BAC alum who serves their greater community by advocating for social, environmental and/or policy change. Candidates should influence and empower others through design at the local, regional, or global scale. Candidates are alumni from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.</p> <p>DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI ...</p> BAC student Nizar Abou Ezzeh shares his perspective after devasating explosion hits his hometown thebacboston 2020-08-18T13:49:42-04:00 >2021-07-26T13:01:04-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure>I am from Lebanon and have lived my whole life there. I came to Boston and started the MLA program at the BAC in August of 2019. I was supposed to visit Lebanon during the summer, but due to all the travel restrictions on leaving and entering the United States because of COVID and a second outbreak in Lebanon, I decided to postpone my visit. <br><br> During the explosion I was here in the U.S. We saw the news online. It is hard to describe the feelings. Streets I use to drive on everyday, landmarks and historic Beirut buildings burned down to the ground. The blast killed at least 180 people, injured more than 5,000, dozens are still missing, and 300,000 families have no homes. <br><br> I tried to connect with every single person I know to check up on them, my parents were in the village at the time of the explosion but their house in Beirut, which is a 20 min drive from the port, got slightly damaged, so imagine what happened in the densely populated areas surrounding the port. <br> Anyone who experien... Ahlan: The App Designed to Help Refugees thebacboston 2020-07-28T12:55:19-04:00 >2020-07-28T12:56:11-04:00 <p>What started as a BAC thesis project has now become Ahlan, an app that has been launched in three languages (English, Spanish, and Arabic) across three major cities in Californa, Texas, and Washington and expanding to Germany and Sweden.<br></p> <p>BAC alumna Rania Qawasma shares, "I created an infographic neighborhood guide book for newly arrived refugees resettling in the Northwest cities called "This is home". It started as part of my capstone project at BAC. The book was in Arabic and English to support Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The book got a lot of recognition and I started getting requests for more languages and more cities to cover."</p> <p>"Creating Ahlan (meaning Welcome in Arabic) was the natural response to provide an efficient, easy, support to refugees in different urban cities in the US and around the world with as many languages as needed. The goal for the next couple of years is to cover as many cities as needed in the US based on the requests of the refugee agencies. The app has be...</p> BAC Alumni Enter Bee Breeders Vale de Moses Meditation Cabins Design Competition thebacboston 2020-07-27T11:58:00-04:00 >2020-08-11T23:49:46-04:00 <p>Congratulations to BAC alumna Britt Ambruson (M.Arch '17) and alumnus Phil Reville (M.Arch '17) for being shortlisted in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Vale De Moses Meditation Cabins competition</a>!&nbsp;<br><br>This competition is the first in a series of competitions based in Portugal and the first in partnership with Vale de Moses. Participants were asked to create designs for a cabin that could be replicated in any number of spots throughout the retreat. </p> <p>The cabin&rsquo;s main purpose is to allow guests to experience treatments and meditation sessions that allow them to reconnect with themselves, and to the surrounding forest, gardens and natural elements. Each cabin should provide sufficient space for one guest and one therapist; providing a world class healing space that connects each guest to the beauty of nature, while at the same time protecting them from its harsher elements.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>r<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p></figure> 5 Ways to Support International Students thebacboston 2020-07-23T12:40:14-04:00 >2021-10-16T09:46:08-04:00 <p>Did you know the number of international students in the United States was at its peak in the 2018-19 academic year with more than one million international students? The total number of international students, 1,095,299, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">makes up 5.5%</a> of the total US student body.</p><p>International students are a vital component of our society and, more important than ever before, they must be protected, appreciated, and welcomed. Here are five ways you can show your support to international students today:</p><p><strong>1. Vote</strong><br>For those who can, we must use our right to vote to support those who can't. Voting impacts major local and federal decisions including how our money is allocated, healthcare, taxes, jobs, safety, and so much more. By showing up to the polls, you're directly impacting the security and treatment of international students in America. If you aren't sure whether you're registered to vote, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a> to get started!</p><p><strong>2. Advocate</strong><br>Advocate on behalf of international students everywhere by contacting loca...</p> Taking Action to Protect our International Students thebacboston 2020-07-17T11:30:04-04:00 >2020-08-24T17:46:03-04:00 <p>As most of you are aware, the government recently announced it would rescind the July 6, 2020 ICE SEVP guidance that would prohibit F-1 students enrolled in online-only schools during the Fall semester to maintain visa status. </p><p>We join The Presidents&rsquo; Alliance in its ardent support and exuberance of this decision and would like to thank MIT and Harvard for spearheading this lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. </p><p>ICE has removed July 6th guidance as well as July 7th FAQ from the list of guidance documents on their website. Therefore, as per the court settlement, schools and F-1 students are operating under March 13th guidance which allows flexibility for F-1 students to remain in valid status while pursuing a full course of study online from inside or outside the U.S. We will keep the students updated on any new and relevant updates to the policy FAQs. This reversal is a tremendous victory for international students everywhere! And, it reinforces the notion that ...</p> Turning Architects into Entrepreneurs thebacboston 2020-06-12T09:43:49-04:00 >2022-01-20T11:31:08-05:00 <p>The unique education model at the BAC offers students real life experience not just after they graduate but while they're still in the classroom. One course in particular that equips students for their lifelong careers is Practice Management, a NAAB required course designed to help students become successful as principals in the future. The course aims to give students an idea about how complex running an architectural business can be. Students learn that they must obtain business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills in addition to the technical competency they must have.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Isra Banks, BAC faculty member</a>, shares, "I usually take this course as an opportunity to empower students as employees and as future leaders. However, over the years, I found that some students' career progress is hampered by the fear of the profession's future. I usually hear things like, we're not paid enough as designers or we're never going to make enough money as architects. I see surprised faces when I ask, "A...</p> Dr. Mahesh Daas, President of The Boston Architectural College, Announces Plans for Fall 2020 thebacboston 2020-06-05T12:44:15-04:00 >2020-10-15T10:46:05-04:00 <p>President Mahesh Daas shares an important update regarding BAC's decision for the fall semester and new initiatives going forward. We encourage you to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">watch his video message here</a>.</p> Digital Graduation Exhibit thebacboston 2020-05-28T12:16:12-04:00 >2020-06-23T20:46:04-04:00 <p>In our 130th year, the Boston Architectural College commends a new generation of socially conscious designers with this exhibit! We present the work of the BAC 2020 degree recipients from undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, Design Studies, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.<br></p><p>The BAC has been recognized with distinction for its leadership role in educating an extraordinarily diverse student body to help bring about social equity through the design of landscapes, of architecture, of interior architecture, of sustainable and historic spaces, of real estate, and of spaces for human health. We continue to be at the forefront of learning from practice and academic study with guidance from our brilliant practitioners, faculty members, and many supporters.<br><br>The dynamic between ideas and practice in the community is the basis for the meaningful, critical design thinking exemplified in this curated exhibition. The work of these designers directly affects how we wi...</p> Design for Human Health During COVID-19 thebacboston 2020-04-27T16:14:58-04:00 >2021-02-18T15:01:05-05:00 <p>The Masters of Design Studies in Design for Human Health (DHH) program at the Boston Architectural College is uniquely poised to leverage design&rsquo;s powers to transform the built environment and public health, especially now, at this time of increasing awareness of this connection.&nbsp; <br>&ldquo;DHH was established in 2014 to create design leaders who view society's problems through the trifecta lenses of physical/biological; sociological and psychological/emotional knowledge. Students arrive from an array of backgrounds with a shared vision of informing design with a deep understanding of the multifaceted combinations prevalent in modern life. A complex combination of factors influence our environments, many times in ways that are unseen by the untrained person. DHH prides its ability to garner evidence-based design in meaningful and practice-based ways,&rdquo; shared Davis Harte, Thesis Faculty and Program Advisor Design for Human Health. <br>A recent DHH student, Alexander Gordon, created a design solut...</p>